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OMB's Donovan: Obama Open to Gas Tax Increase

February 6, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
President Obama would work with Congress to raise the federal gas tax to help pay for road and transportation improvements, even though he presented lawmakers with an alternative funding proposal this week, his budget director said Thursday.
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Obama administration pushes for legislation on student data privacy

February 6, 2015
Christi Parsons | Los Angeles Times
The White House began pushing Thursday for legislation to protect the online privacy of students, allowing them to do schoolwork while keeping the door closed to marketing and sales, according to senior officials.
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Net Neutrality: FCC Chief Proposes Regulating Internet Like a Utility

February 5, 2015
Pete Williams | NBC News
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday proposed sweeping new federal rules to regulate the Internet like a public utility, a notion endorsed three months ago by President Obama.
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FCC proposes treating all Internet traffic equally

February 4, 2015
In an exclusive interview with Gwen Ifill on the PBS NewsHour, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said his new proposal would stop companies from blocking content or creating fast lanes on the Internet through paid priority. While "we don't know what the Internet will look like in five years," Wheeler told Gwen on Wednesday, his new proposal for the FCC would essentially create "a yardstick to measure what's fair for consumers." Wheeler also defended the plan against criticism from large Internet service providers. He said that he's ready to work with Republicans in Congress who have pledged to fight the proposal. And he insisted his latest proposal was not a change of heart since he's "always been a proponent of an open internet."
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Obama's wish-list budget doesn't make things easy for the GOP

February 4, 2015
Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times
When one party owns the White House and the other holds Congress, the president's annual budget is a strange, almost fictional document. It's not a draft from which the real federal budget will be written; Congress controls that process from beginning to end. Instead, it's merely the president's announcement of what he'd do if Congress weren't there. It's a party platform with numbers.
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How will Republicans act on Obama’s budget proposals?

February 2, 2015
Gwen Ifill gets analysis from Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post on President Obama’s budget proposal and the shifting landscape for 2016 GOP contenders, plus an update on the political battles over Obamacare.
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Obama Budget Director Shaun Donovan: Our plan "will make paychecks go farther"

February 2, 2015
Shaun Donovan, the White House’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, talks to Gwen Ifill about whether President Obama’s budget proposal can find a political middle ground, especially when Democrats say “invest” and Republicans hear “spend.”
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Obama, GOP prep for next round of budget battles

February 3, 2015
Susan Davis | USA Today
President Obama's nearly $4 trillion budget blueprint is dead on arrival on Capitol Hill, but the administration's fiscal priorities are the opening salvo for what is shaping up to be a consequential year for the nation's finances.
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As Obama's Budget Arrives, GOP Will Try (Again) to Kill His Favorite Bill

February 2, 2015
Fawn Johnson | National Journal
Partisan contrasts are always stark on Capitol Hill, but rarely more so than they will be this week. President Obama unveils next year's budget proposal Monday, so congressional Republicans and Democrats will use it as a vehicle to tout their own very different ideas about the state of the nation's economy.
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